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Artek (Ukrainian and Russian: Арте́к) was an All-Union and international Young Pioneer camp in the Soviet Union. It was established on June 16, 1925 near the Black Sea in the town of Gurzuf located on the Crimean peninsula, near Medved Mountain, Ukraine.
The camp first hosted eighty children but it grew rapidly. In 1969 it had an area of 3.2 km²; there were 150 buildings, including three medical buildings, a school, film studio Artekfilm, three swimming pools, a 7000-seater sports stadium, and playgrounds for other activities. Unlike most of the young pioneer camps, Artek was a year-round camp, thanks to the climate.
Destination Artek was considered to be an honorable award for Soviet children as well as internationally. During its heyday, each year Artek gave 27,000 children vacations. Between 1925 and 1969 in the camp hosted 300,000 children including more than 13,000 children from seventy foreign countries.
After the breaking up of the Young Pioneers in 1990 its prestige decreased, but it is still a popular vacation site.
Artek Festival June 1985
Young Palestinians conversing with Soviet Young Pioneers in the Artek summer camp. July 1982.
Artek Pioneers on the deck of a boat on the Black Sea. August 1981.
Children staying at the international Artek childen’s camp are swimming in the sea. July 1980.
Teenaged musicians and chess-players in the Artek children’s camp on the Black Sea coast
Location. June 1978.
Young Pioneers at the aircraft modeling club in the Artek summer camp.July 1977.
An art festival at the Artek Young Pioneer Camp. July 1974.
Friends at Artek children’s seaside camp. July 1977.
Artek Young Pioneer Camp. Gurzuf town.August 1969.